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Are there any solutions 
to the mess? We suggest 
what should have been 
done. - page 2 

heturn to : 
Box 3658 

Fairview Collective 

20 Fairview Ave. 
kitchener, Ontario 



Civil rights groups 
plan nation wide protest 
for November 17th, call¬ 
ing for an end to govern¬ 
ment restrictions on per¬ 
sonal freedom, repeal of 
the War Measures Act and 
repressive labour legis¬ 
lation. The Regina group 
v» r ill be having a night 
of speakers and a film to 
be held at the library 
theatre, Regina Public 
Library at 7:30 pm. All 
Flashpoint readers in the 
area are urged to attend. 
Your civil liberties may 
be at stake! 




Local people criticize 
reactionary literature. 
- page 4 

PLUS ... 

some defence appeals, wo¬ 
men’s and gay news, anti- 
nukes, events, movie re- 
\yiews, and much morej 




Now that the inside postal wonders * strike has 
been abruptly brought to a grinding halt perhaps it 
would be a good time for a serious revaluation of 
Past actions which have brought the post office, the 
union, and the workers into their present state of 

As a former postal worker this author wonders why 
there has not been even more militancy and direct 
violence directed against the employer, considering 
the provocations. Overheard on the CUPW picket line 
in Saskatoon, 

" They have three supervisors for every five pe¬ 
ople working. You should see them coming out of 
the door at noon. '-They look like maggots out of a 
dead body. " 

The media i 6 , of course, forever harping on about 
hov irresponsible and greedy are the postal workers. 
Naturally they wouldn't say anything about, for ex¬ 
ample, the women in kegina who had to be taken out 
cn a stretcher because the pace demanded by that 
pride and joy of the employer's drive for automat¬ 
ion, the coding machine was destroying her nerves. 

( Actually its management not the machine which sets 
the pace; 1,000 letters per hour for beginning cod¬ 
ing workers. ) 

There are complaints the postal workers are paid 
too much ( Its about &6.50 per hour for most employ¬ 
ees. ) yet who ever stops to realize what the work¬ 
ers have to contend with for a wage that in this 
day is really not all that high. And when was the 
last time you were chewed out for being Jfc minutes 
late from a 30 minute lunch break?... or were criti¬ 
cized for doing a job one way... 

" You're supposed to hold the mail trough in your 
right hand. " 

11 But I'm left-handed. " 

" You're supposed to do it that way. "... 

and then be told by someone else later the first 
way was really okay anyhow? 

And while post office management has been out¬ 
flanking the workers and CUPW at every turn within 

tne p.o. itself, powerful Pierre's legal mafioso has 

consistently used and manipulated public opinion in 
order to justify its repression of the postal em¬ 
ployees. If the employees and CUPW had years ago 

made up their minds to take the offensive against 
the government by presenting their case, directly to 
the public , and had outlined some convincing alter¬ 
natives in terms of actually running thi 6 infernal 
machine so as to provide both, a better postal ser¬ 
vice for everyone, and to make their own situation 
more tolerable, then we might now be seeing popular 
opinion swinging over to the side of the nostal 

workers. In the meantime the postal employee has be¬ 
come established in the public mind as the proverb¬ 
ial " whining schoolboy " forever trying to milk the 
public dry. And in the meantime the government runs 
full page newspaper ads saving CUPW i 6 an irrespon¬ 
sible ogre because it wants to see a 30 hour week 
for bO hours pay, ( a scheme which this writer be¬ 
lieves the federal government itself will be forced 
to support within five years as one* reasonable al¬ 
ternative to continued high unemployment. -If auto¬ 
mation is supposed to save time and cut costs why 
shouldn't 6ome of the benefits accrue to the employ¬ 
ees? ) 

But wouldn't such a course of action go against 
one of the sacred cows of North American trade un¬ 
ionism, as one CUPW representative put it, 

" Its not our job to run the Post Office ". 

My contention, is that it ^is their business to 
run the post office, as it should be the business of 
all those who do the useful work ir this society to 
directly control and be responsible for that work. 
The postal workers mu6t begin to see themselves as 
people living in and therefore responsible to a lar¬ 
ger community ( something which many work situations 
actively discourage ) and not just ants trying to 
survive from, one day to the next. In the future they 
may have no other choice. 

"K tale of two villages 

Are there any examples of societies present or 
past which are or were,set up according to anarchist 

In a previous issue of Flashpoint we ran a story 
on the Maroons of Jamaica, a group descended from 
former run-away slaves, who declared themselves in¬ 
dependent of the Jamaican government, establishing 
a community operating without police, taxes, or a 
centralized governing body. In the meantime your 
faithful scribe has discovered several more examples 
of working cooperative societies. The following is 
reprinted verbatim from another anarchist publicat¬ 
ion as we felt any attempt to abridge the contents 
would upset the tone of the original excessively. 

" When the folk-song collector Alan Lomax sat in 
a little coastal town listening to the polyphonic 
singing of Basque fishermen, one of them leant o- 
ver his table and said: 

' Listen American. We are a brotherhood, founded 
five hundred years ago, before Columbus and his Bas¬ 
que crew discovered America. We own our fishing 
boats in common, and whenever the weather is uncer¬ 
tain our captains meet together on the town bridge 
and decide whether its safe for the town to fish. 
That way no crazy individual can risk the lives of 
his crew and anyone who follows him. That's why 
we can sing together, because we're a brotherhood.' 


Flashpoint for the news nobody else 

will tell von... 




Post Office Blues 

A Tale of Tvo Villages {reprint} - page 2 

Free. Speech Eight at Coop 
SGRVTJC Strike in Vancouver 

Human Rights Day 
Cadbury Boycott 

Labour support for NDP V/eakening 
Hutterites Denied Time 
Anti-Lukes Demo Planned 
Gay Festival 

FUNNY PAGE - Cartoons 

- page 4 

- page 5 
page 6 

Killings ( of black and e-ay 
Abortion Victory in 3.C. 
Family Allowance Protests 
Conflict of Interest 
AColt' Attack Leftists 

- page 7 

INTERNATIONAL— Lfiassacre Inquiry Opens 

Terrorist Escapes 
Anacin gets §24 million headache 
Direct .action by DJs 
Teamsters Elections Investigated 
Pension Scheme Draws Protests 
Protests Bark Gandhi’s Birthday 

page 8 


SOLIDARITY - South Africa { squatters attacked) 

FAi Members Outlawed 

New I.M. Organizing Drive (U,S.) 

hummm... slack Independence 

supported by South Africa - page 9 


articles on health, and electronics -page 10 

FLASHPOINTS- general info: 

"Back Page" 

Spanish radio sched¬ 
ule, review of movies-page 11 

- Anti-Nukes issue brings down govt. - page 12 

— -.or & science articles and appeals - page 13 

Poi i cy Statement 

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news journal. We are unaf filiated with ar.y other po¬ 
litical organization and receive no grants or sub¬ 
sidies from any agency. Our survival depends on the 
generosity of our readers. 

FLASHPOINT is published approximately evwy three 
week*. We appreciate any written contributions, 
oigned articles express the viewpoint of the autnor 
and not necessarily that of the Flashpoint staff* 

FLASHPOINT hopes to serve as an outlet for news re¬ 
leases fro© various " peoples' '* organisations. Any 
releases submitted will b« edited only for brevity 
and clarity. Material will riot be* aistorted* 

FLASHPOINT subscription rates sire for Z^ issues 
for individuals and 510 for institutions. 

Local, National 


(Vancouver) Tht strike at the Muck&asuck native 
food restaurant in Vancouver has entered its fifth 
month, with no end in sight. The Amerind staff of 
the Muckajimc,< is on strike against an entirely white 
management which revoked the strike by repeated at¬ 
tempts at union bating. The management refuses to 
re-instate vorkerd fired for union activity and also 
insists on cn op^n shop ijz* non-union one. The work¬ 
ers at the *' ackaji ck are represented by Local #1 of 
tha restaurant division of BGKWUC. The union has at¬ 
tempted to bargai with management, but each attempt 
has ended with me agemeat walking out early, Manage— 
ment has also rel sed to bargain in the local Indian 

SORVUC is appealing for donations in support of 
this very imports it strike. Any donations, "large or 
small ** should be sent to Huckamuck Strike Fund,SOB- 
VUC *.114 - 207 We Hastings Street, Vancouver,B.C., 


Although we received the press release too late 
to include this in the last issue of Flashpoint ve 
would like to pi?as on to our readers that a National 
Human Bights Lay is (was) being planned for Novemb¬ 
er 1st by a number of prisoner defence groups 
both in Canada and the U<S* These organisations are 
protesting against the use of ’special 1 forms of 
punishment and control { electroshock, solitary con— # 
fiaement and various other ' Behaviour Modification* 
Techniques 1 ) used on prisoners* We have received 
figures that Canada has one of the highest per cap¬ 
ita prison populations in the western world. There 
are approximately 20,000 people on average in Canad¬ 
ian prisons, while in Denmark the figure is- 114 
people out of a population of 14 million. The high¬ 
est figures given were for China. In the workers'pa¬ 
radise there are 40 , 000 ,COO people out of a populat¬ 
ion 800 million, either prisoners or ‘'detainees‘^ab¬ 
out of the population. 

For more information contact: 

Solidarity Committee 
Box 2, Sen. "G" 

Montreal, Quebec. 


Montreal ) A coalition of labour unions, citi¬ 
zens* groups and olitical organizations has called 
for a boycott of all products manufactured by Cad¬ 
bury, Schweppes and Powell Limited. The boycott has 
been called in re. ponse to the decision *of the com¬ 
pany to transfer operations from Queoec to Ontario 
The company's 500 employees, locked out since July 8, 
will be totally ur loapensated. The move is planned 
for November 15 , the second anniversary of the elec¬ 
tion of the PQ go >rnment* Products included in the 
boycott include Cadbury chocolate bars, Schweppes 
beverages and Welch * a grape juice. 


Stnigg R^S: 


Free Speech Fight at 

\ > 

Sets !S no oci&m in this plant....i s only those 
damn foreigners who say so;” 

Last July a member of the Flashpoint staff sent n 
letter to th 1 adrr. nistrative office of the Sherwood 
■Co-operative Association in Begins. The envelope en¬ 
closed a complaint concerning certain religious mat¬ 
erial, “ keeping "'or Successful Livii:-g ", which were 
and are still, di played for sale to the public cn 
the-coop premises at the corner of Albert Street and 
Victoria Ave. in Regina. The author of the letter 
statec such material violated the traditional relig¬ 
ious neutrality which has been a feature of co-oper¬ 
ative organisation and moreover this material sup¬ 
ported political 'ind religious beliefs offensive to 
the writer. 

( Flashpoint readers are strongly urged to look 
this literature o er for themseives. Among other 
things, we saw attacks on homosexuals, womens’ 
rights - talking about the proper role of women in 
the home and subordinate to the husband - and vague¬ 
ly disguised anti-eemitism. ) 

A subsequent meeting between co-op management and 
four people one representing the Community Womens* 
Centre in BerLna, a local gay rights activist, and 
two members of the Flashpoint staff brought a prom¬ 
ise to present our case to the cooperative’s member¬ 
ship committee, not to the actual membership itself. 
At the time our gi oup stated that if the Co-op would 
allow other rater; ale ( The magazine Oar Generation * 
from Montreal, ga rights Body Politic , plus a wo¬ 
men's liters v re-_,ew whose name the writer has now 

forgotten. ) to be displayed in the inagaziae rack of 
the coop department store, then we would drop our 
ceoand that the religious matter be removed .A letter 
just received frora the co-op declined oiur request 
stating the religious material, objected to... 

“ while fundamentalist in nature does not in any 
way attempt to unc ermine the social, political or 
religious mores that are so important to so of 
our members. It is, in our opinion, quite acceptable 
to the membership, and indeed &tU&6 would seem to 
support this premise ” 

The materials our group wished to have placed on 
the co-op premises were rejected because they were 
deemed to violate the stove considerations. Further 
the reply noted, 

#f *e have experimented with publications of this 
type and member reaction wa is such that we were forc¬ 
ed to remove it* Sl 

Are there any Flashpoint readers who are Sherwood 
co-op members? Vie ask you to support our struggle 
against bigotry and ignorance by writing to the co¬ 
op and demanding they change their policy and either 
remove the z # frActionary literature, or, what would be 
much better, to allow other literature, religious or 
political, to also be given space on the preaiia^s. 
Bring this matter to the attention of organizations 
in your locality, union®, church group* etc* mad 
try to get them to aupport this action.* Its import¬ 




(Segina) Delegates to the Saskatchewan Federation 
of Labour Convention accepted* by a narrow margin, & 
report which called for the SFL to give ’blanket en~ 
dorsation ’ to the NDP. CUPE, the Canadian Union 
of Public Slnployee, was prominsnt in the opposition 
to the document, which was passed on Thursday Oct. 
26. Representatives of the International Typograph¬ 
ical Union (ITU) also spoke against the report. Ita 
main supporters were the United Steelworkers of a- 

The SFL has been at arms length with the NDP ever 
since the NDP government of Saskatchewan agreed back 
three years ago to participate in the federal wage 
and price controls program. Delegates who opposed 
the reconciliation argued that a blanket endorsation 
of the ND? would throw away any bargaining power 
that the unions might have with that party.They al¬ 
so argued that an independent union movement would 
have more political clout. 


Other events of the Convention, held in the last 
week of October in Bogina, included 150 of the 350 
delegates joining the picket lines in support of the 
workers at the Regina Plains Community College. The 
^ workers, represented by the Saskatchewan Government 
tffplcyees Association (SGSA) have been on strike for 
6 weeks. The onion has decided to open a Peoples’ 
jllege for th*f duration of the Strike.Claeses will 
be taught from offices and homes in the city at a 
minimal cost to the public. Courses will include 
creative writing, nuclear development, photography, 
arts and crafts, painting and labour studies. The 
union expects that the Peoples* College will contin¬ 
ue even after the strike ia settled. 

’Jus/once fa toe to have amner MifiOut me ponticai commentary 


( Swift Current ) The Vanguard Hutterite Brethen 
nave failed to win a three month adjournment that 
would have given them time to prepare their case * in 
a zoning dispute with the Rural Municipality of Whi- 
sak Creek, about 70 km south of Swift Current. 'The 
Hutterites, who are a religious sect, emigrated to 
--anada from Russia early this century, and believe 
in communal living. The rural municipality apparent¬ 
ly does nat.Th«y have blocked the Hutterite attempt 
to settle by passing a zoning regulation thAfc makes 
iHagsj. to erect more than a minimal number of 
buildifiga on a given piece oX land, This effectively 
prevents the auitifamily fitutterites fro m locating 
in the district. The outcome of the case, to oe 
heard on November 1, will be reported in the next 


On^ the opening day of the next session of the 
legislature, the Saskatchewan '-'O&iitian Against Hue** 
lear Development (SCAND) ia planning to hold a demo¬ 
nstration in Regina at the legislative buildings. 
SCAND is looking for support from other groups. They 
particularly want to know the general mood of other 
organizations before going too far ahead in their 
plana. SCAND holds regular meetings every Wednesday 
night at ?:3G pm, i >4 Aye.'*?” South, Saskatoon* 




During strikes by transit workers in Tokyo bus 
drivers continued to operate their buses but refused 
to collect any fares. 

During the Quebec Common Front struggle of 1972, 
23 radio stations were seized by employees and run 
without management. 

During the Spanish " Civil ** War 2,000 industrial 
and agricultural collectives were operated entirely 
without the aid of management ” expertise 

Thanksgiving weekend was marked in Saskatoon 
by 'Metaroorphosia*, billcrd ns a ,r celebration of 
prairie lesbians and gays n *The weekend of enter¬ 
tainment and cultural events brought together 
people from ail over Western Canada. About 200 
people attended coffeehouses^ dances, a craft fair 
and an interfaith celebration and a Thanksgiving 
feast at the Saskatoon flay Community Centre during 
the. four days of the festival. Organizers of the 
festival urged participants to press provincial 
politicians to give definite statements on the 
subject of gay rights. It was found out after the 
festival that the NDP had sent out orders to its 
candidateo not to answer questions on the subject. 

* N.D.P. - New Democratic Party 
{ Social democrats 1 







r. •> 

Grimbiedon Down 

Bill TMy 


■Toronto blaQk 
is ki I led 


The inquest into the police shooting of a loronto 
black, Andrew (Buddy) Evans, has been postponed un¬ 
til November 27 . The postponement took place at the 
request of the lawyer for the Evans family who is 
trying to have the investigation conducted by the 
Ontario Provincial Police rather then the Metro To¬ 
ronto police. In addition seme new evidence has been 
introduced into the case. An affadavit sworn by 
Franklin S. Bramble states Buddy Evans was unarmed 
at the time he was shot by Constable John Clark. 
This is in line with the report of eye-witnesses 
given to a local paper last month. 

Meanwhile a group called the Committee for Due 
Process has formed to press demands around the Evans 
case. The Committee, formed by prominent members of 
the black comsnunity is calling for the prosecution 
of Clark, an independent inquest into the killing , 
and the dropping of all charges laid against those 
arrested at the scene of the shooting. 

killed pcs being gay 

Or, September 22 a man in Toronto is stabbed to 
death after revealing to his assailant that he was 
a homosexual. The victim was attacked over 100 times 
with a nail file. 

Metro Toronto police say there have been thirteen 
murders of homosexuals in the last yfc years, ^rrests 
have been made in only six cases. After this period 
of time the mass media generously consented to re¬ 
port the facta of the case to the public. A small 
item appeared in the Toronto Star, and a couple of 
local radio stations gave the story a few seconds. 


When Emmaueiie Jacques was killed the local pap— 
ers carried on for weeks about ** homosexual murder** 


(Vancouver) Supporters of the right of women to 
choose whether they will have an abortion won an 
overwhelming victory at the annual general meeting 
of North Vancouver Lion's Gate Hospital on September 
2 ?. A battle for control of the hospital association 
was fought out amongst the over 1,000 people at tnc 
meeting. The only openly anti-abortion candidate re¬ 
ceived only 35 votes in a race for board positions. 
Other anti-abortion candidates, who hid their posit¬ 
ions, were defeated by three to one margins. The re¬ 
sult is that the hospital will retain its very lib¬ 
eral abortion policy. 


The federal government in Ottawa and the Ontario 
provincial government have combined to hand over 
better then S63 million in public funds to the r ore. 
Motor Company to induce Ford to euiid an ‘ 

plant in Ontario. Meanwhile G.M. is waiting^ in 
iings on the outcome of bidding between the o.b. anu 
Canadian governments for the construction of an al- 
uaioiutt engine plant worth 1/2 billion do^xara. Ot¬ 
tawa and Quebec are said to have offered $30 Bullion 
on chat deal. 




(• Ottawa ) The Congress of Canadian Women Bas 
launched a mail r.jspaiga to protest the proposed 
cuts in family allowance payments* The proposed re¬ 
ductions amount to more than 25$ of the present 
family allowance cheques. The Congress has called 
for a massive campaign of letters directed to the 
office of the Prime Minister protecting the reduct¬ 


Federal Transport Minister Otto Lang and his 
brother-in-law. Liberal HLA Tony Merchant, have 
become involved in the latest of a long string of 
conflict of interest situations plaguing the Trudeau 
government ( and * flying Otto ' in particular ) . 
Host Seat-a-Car, which has been withholding rent due 
Air Canada, recently hired Tony Merchant to repre¬ 
sent them as legal council. The federal government 
has initiated legal proceedings to sue Host for back 
rent - rather than evicting them as their contract 
allows them to dc. The legal proceedings to recover 
money due may take over a year, during which time 
Host will continue to occupy government premises 
free of chargee. Other car rental companies have 
threatened to begin a boycott of rental payments 
ever what they perceive a* favoritism towards Host. 
They have also called ^or Leng'a resignation. 


(Sherbrooke, Quebec } On Friday, September 29 
aore than 50 RCMP policeman surrounded a resort 
20 miles south of Sherbrooke Quebec where a sem¬ 
inar, attended by members of the Maoist sect, 1 In 
Struggle *, was being held* Many of the police 
were repcrtly armed with long range rifles. The 
police presence was an obvious attempt at intimi¬ 
dation. Unlike * Andromeda * also on the Flash¬ 
point staff, this wrxter believes that the Mao¬ 
ists are basically irrelevant in Canada, and Lib*- 
ertari&n socialists should not waste their time 
fighting the®. The RCMP la not, however, irrele¬ 
vant, and if this sort of thing is allowed to 
go unchallenged who can tell who will be next. I 
therefore urge you to send letters of protest to 
the Prime Minister and also become active in your 
local chapter of Operation Liberty.Who knows -they 
sight be knocking on your door soon. In Regina, 
Operation Liberty can be contacted at 52 ?- 23 ? 2 « 
and in Saskatoon at 652 -& 6 ? 6 * —PR— 


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Massacre Inquiry Opens 

( Managua, Nicaragua ) - UP! - President Sowoza of 
Nicaragua announced today that he will meet the hu- 
&an rights commission investigating allegations that 
hie National Guard massacred innocent civilians in 
last month's civil war. A commissioner said the fo¬ 
cus of the meeting would be a demand that all Nica¬ 
raguan newspapers and radio stations announce that 
the commission was sitting and that nobody who came 
to testify would be harmed. The meeting was to be 
held at the National Guard compound - known as the 
Bunker - where President Somoaa has taken up resi¬ 

There have been widespread reports that guards 
killed hundreds of people soon after they wrestled 
a number of cities front leftist guerillas and young 
supporters who began a rebellion on September 9th. 

President Somoza has blamed the killings on ^aji— 
dinistas and common criminals wearing army uniforms. 


( Washington D.C. ) Federal Trade Commission 
judge Montgomery Kyun has ordered manufacturers of 
the headache remedy * Anacin ' to ensure that $ 24 , 
000,000 worth of future advertising disclose that 
M is not a tension reliever ". Over the past 

^ew years An a c in has been making this claim, both in 
their advertising and in press, releasee whose source 
was hidden. Two other pain reliever manufacturers 
are due to be brought up on charges* Bristol-Myers 
and Sterling Drug. 


Terrorist Escapes 

Higfat wing terrorist Franco Freda disappeared 
from under the noses of the Italian police in early 
October. Frada, who has been on trial in connection 
with a bomb explosion in Milan in 1969 which killed 
sixteen people supposedly unde-' the surveillance' 
of the police while out on bail. The authorities did 
not learn of his disappearance until the woman he 
-i..-ved with revested that he nad disappeared several 
days before. 

When the original atrocity was committed in Milan 
the police arrested and accused several anarchists. 
One of these was murdered by being thrown from an 
upper stcry police station window. It was disclosed 
later that the bomb attack had been the work of a 
fascist group. Independent reporters managed to un¬ 
cover the complicity of both the local police and 
elements la the Italian army. The tomb attack was to 
have been carried out in the event of communiat vic¬ 
tory in the upcoming elections. 


(Poland) - A compulsory pension program set up by 
the government earlier this year is giving rise to 
more organised resistance by many of the country's 
farmers. Police and other security forces have been 
ordered to try and prevent protests against the ' 
scheme and the formation of new District Peasants' 

/-Defence Committees* Farmers ha/e responded witn 
renewed milk strikes, a threat to & op all deliver¬ 
ies entirely, and violont resistance to the sale of 
farmers' property to cover outstanding premium pay¬ 

** i-atrobe 4 Pa. ) Disc jockeys in Latrobe Pa. have 
hit upon a novel way of getting what's due them. 
When managemeat refused to budge on wage demands the 
dee jays played Johnny Paycheck's { * Take This Job and 
Shove It '* for four hours of uninterrupted air time. 
At the end of this period management coughed up the 


( Detroit ) The US Department of Labor has filed 
suit charging that officials of Teamsters Local 299 
in Detroit used money from employers in their elect¬ 
ion campaign last fall. The present officials ran 
against candidates from two rank and file organizat¬ 
ions - Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU; and 
Concerned Members. The local president,Bob Lins, won 
out over Concerned Members candidate Pete Karagoziaa 
by only 244 votes out of more than 7200 cast. 

This suit is only one of aajny filed against the 
Teamsters in the past year, election irregularities 

have been found in local ?0 ( Oakland, California ), 
251 ( Providence, abode Island ), 800 ( Pittsburgh' 
Stee lhaulera ) and 796 ( Tampa, Florida ). 


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More than one-third of Poliah farmers work in in¬ 
dustry and therefore oust pay two premiums, one di¬ 
rectly and another through social security payments 
and taxes bcn» by his factory or co-operative. 

Private . farmer© must pay eight per cent of their 
income as social security payments ..hick includes 3- 
1/2 per -cent aa pension premiums. The average pens¬ 
ion for private farmers is also onl. about one-half 
that paid to industrial workers. A laraer must also 
sell a fixed amount of his produce to the state be¬ 
fore he ©ay claim a pension at all. To claim, the 
farmer must px'oduce hi© bank statement© as proof of 

The government estimates if the scheme were opt¬ 
ional at least one-third of farmers would b«*ck out. 

A campaign A of harraaement against farmers pro¬ 
testing the State program has resulted in a number 
of arrests where individuals were d* r-ained for short 
periods of time, usually two houra. As a result two 
members of the a?ixteen strong Lublin province De¬ 
fence Co«!amittec have resigned. When members of a new 
committee, formed September ninth, journeyed to War¬ 
saw to present tneir protests to the government six 
of their twenty-two number were arrested and held 
for 24 hours. 


( Delhi, Indie ) On Oct. 2, Gandhi'a birthday, a 
cay which is usually marked by pious sentiments fro. 
-ndian politicians, 2000 residents of one of Delhi's 
outlying slums occupied the Ashoka, one of India's 
more luxurious tourist hotels. They were protesting 
the_ fact that government money is being used to 
build such .uotels while slum districts ro without 
water and electric lights. Reports indicate that the 
protestors acted in the non-violent Gandhian trad¬ 
ition. No violence occurred for, as a i-.ndon Times 
reporter put it, "... for once Delhi's police com¬ 
missioners were intelligent enough to keep their man 
idle. "* 



More Appeal 


Oca of the more hopeful developments in the 
struggle for majority rule in South Africa has been 
the aouatters movement there* A movement of resist** 
ance t uncontrolled by any political party, has 
sprung up in response to the government's attempt to 
* repatriate * many of South Africa's blacks to the 
1 Bantust asm 1 by force* Many of the nation’s blacks 
are determined not to be forced, onto these backward 
and impoverished areas, which have not been * home¬ 
lands 1 to quite a few of them for a&ny generations. 

In one camp. Crossroads, just outside of Capetown 
a group of squatters formed the * Cape lints Coosm- 
ittee for Interim Accomodation * • This organization 
undertook to provoke services which the government 
has refused tc provide and organized resistance to 
the government *s policy of forced repatriation. One 
of its members, Rommel Roberts, has been arrested u- 
nder section 6 of South Africa’s Internal Security 
Act. He ia being held in Solitary confinement for 
an indefinite period of time. 

Flashpoint urges all its readers to write to the 
South African embassy demanding the release of Mr. 
Roberts. For further .information one may contact Mr. 
Roberta* friend, Mr. J. Hansen, Kara, Sundylillevey 
20, 3550 Slangerup, Denmark. Mr. Hansen also has in¬ 
formation about the Squatters’ movement in South Af¬ 

and so... 


No,tills is not a joke. South Africa is actually 
supporting a black nation in its drive for indepen¬ 
dence. Actually inflicting might he a better word, 
since the majority of the 350,000 inhabitants of 
Vends, a small and iaproverished Bantuatan territory 
aren’t all that enthusiastic about not being a part 
of South Africa. The reasons for this seemingly 
strange turn of event a becoaes clear when South Af¬ 
rica’s plans for the area after independence are 
taker* into account. First of all, and probably least 
important is S.A.’s desire to see a moderate black 
administration take over the reins of power in Siba- 
sa, the capital of the territory. Second and very 
important, is a scheme to turn this area into "home¬ 
lands M for all of South Africa's present black pop¬ 
ulation, whether they like it cr not. Toward this 

end South African police have assisted Chief Pat- 

trick Mphephu, the Chief Minister of the territory, 
in arresting opposition political party members, who 
had gained a majority of seats in elections held in 
Vends five years ago. Chief Mphephu was able to hold 
on to his position as the head of government only 
due to the support he had previously received from 
tribal chiefs in the rerritory. This he was in dan¬ 
ger of losing. When elections were held again last 
July Chief Mphephu struck. Under Proclamation H 276 
fifty opposition party members were arrested and 
detained for unspecified periods of time* for the 
reason ” the maintenance of law ana order was in je¬ 
opardy No specific chargee have been laid and 
Mphephu haa stated he will release the detainees in 
a few months. Finally the party which had just won 
an increased majority in those July elections and 
whose members were subsequently arrested is called 
the Independence Party. They do not support indepen¬ 
dence for Vends, (ouch) 

- page IS 

3 ( Barcelona ) '•tiile the pcst-?raneo regime in ha- 

drid is doing its best to project a ' liberal * im¬ 
age there is on« area where political persecution 
continues unabated. Spain’s government is determined 
'that the FAI, the Federation Anarchiga de Iberia / 
Iberian Anarchist Federation will not be reborn* 
Since 192? the FAI has been the foremost organizat¬ 
ion in the struggle for liberty in Spam* £ven dur¬ 
ing the dark years of the Franco regime the FAl 
fought on, within Spanish borders, while the 
so-called leaders of other political parties sat in 
exile and called for compromise with the fascists, 
i Since the death of Franco and the explosive .growth 
of the new Spanish anarchism the FAI is being reorg¬ 
anized. Despite the pretentions of political * lib¬ 
erty * the FAI is still illegal in Spain. 

In January and February of 197 ? seventeen anarch¬ 
ists were arrested in Barcelona and charged with the 
crime of belonging to the FAI. They were granted an 
amnesty in October 1977 , but this amnesty was with¬ 
drawn on July 26, 197S. Fifteen of tho seventeen are 
out on bail awaiting trial while two have gone un¬ 
derground. The CNT", Spain*s half a million strong 
anarcho-syndicalist union federation haa launched 
a solidarity campaign. The CNT hopes that all inter¬ 
ested libertarians will make the facts of the case 
as public as possible and will act to pressure the 
Spanish government to drop the chargee. More infor¬ 
mation on the campaign can be had from CNT - Artee 
Oraficaa, Call© Rierta, 20, Barcelona. 7, Spain. 

Flashpoint would like to ask any group or indiv¬ 
idual who acta upon this appeal to send ue a press 

Fresh from their victory in organizing the work¬ 
ers at the Charing Cross 3 ookstcre, Detroit IWW mem¬ 
bers are now aiming at the University of Michigan 
Cellar Bookstore. The Cellar Bookstore haa 18O full¬ 
time employees and up to %<j pert-time workers dur¬ 
ing rush periods. Quite a number of the full-time 
workers have signed up already, and the standing 
shop committee at the store, which has been in ex¬ 
istence few* sosie time -has thrown its support to the 
IWW. Demand*? which the IWW hopes to put forward in¬ 
clude a wage increase, and end to speedup and merit 
raises, adequate health insurance and an increase 
in staffs 

The Detroit IWW is now distributing teeahirts 
*with & red IWV logo plus fiat to raise aoney for the 
organizing drive. Cost is $5 from tho Detroit IWV, 
1 & 46 ? Pine West, Wyandotte, Michigan* USA. 

Slaewhere in tho IWW the strikers at Kid America 
j Machinery are faced with the use of the Illinois 
state police to escort heavy building equipment ac- 
crose their picket lines c Donations to the strike 
fund at Mid America can be sent via the ItfV General 
Headquarters, 752 West Webster Ave., Chicago, Illin¬ 
ois* 606 USA, 

even more 


§C I E r^C E 

gHOR^TS "by Photon 

highlights from the technical 
and scientific press with a 
view towards a free society 

he a 11 h ... 


An increasing ajsount of criticise levelled at 
much of what passes for food in our part of the 
world is leading some people to look at alternatives 
in terms of greater nutritional value, better taste, 
and ease of preparation and storage. One food gain¬ 
ing in popularity over the last few years is yogurt* 
Toted by may as e 1 meal in itself yogurt in 
concert with a rusher of foods, such as honey, is 
proclaimed in glowing ter*is as more 11 natural % \ and 
better nutritionally* But in terms of real evidence 
how does yogurt stand up? According to the findings 
of a recent Consumer Reporta study of a variety of 
yogurts, both homemade end store bought, 'the ease ie 
none toe convincing* Following are a list of common¬ 
ly made claims for yogurt, and after each claim,some 
evidence either for or against it* 

Aggxasption: Fact ? 

1. Yogurt has been credited 
with curing diarrhoea in 
infants and constipation 
in the elderly. 

2* Yogurt is recommended by 
doctors for people tak¬ 
ing antibiotics• Anti¬ 
biotic® destroy necess- 
ery bacteria in the in¬ 
testinal tract, yogurt 
replaces these* 

3* People with a lactase 
deficiency have problems 
digesting milk* The lac¬ 
tose in yogurt is part¬ 
ially broken down*(lact¬ 
ase is an enzyme-oi ©eheia- 
ical c&talyet-epecific to 
lactgse, or milk sugar* 

No evidence to sup¬ 

Some store - bought 
varieties are past¬ 
eurized, and do not 
contain live bacte¬ 

Probably true* Yo¬ 
gurt is sometimes 
prescribed for such 
people as & calcium 

The nutritional value of yogurt is about eq¬ 
ual to the milk its made from. Its slightly lower in 
magnesium, folic acid, and vitamins A and C and sli¬ 
ghtly higher in protein, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, 
thiamin, niacin, and riboflavin* Consumer keporte 
tested a number of brands, including those avail¬ 
able from health food stores, large food 1 chains 1 ,and 
compared these also with the home-made variety. ‘The 
health food yogurt was of the poorest quality and 
greatest in price, the home-made was just the oppo¬ 
site in these two respects. 

F.S . We mentioned honey at the beginning of this art- 
cle. The sugar in honey is fructose « which while eas¬ 
ier to digest ie more likely to cause tooth decay* 


A joint statement published by the World Health 
Organization and Voicef blames the present-day em¬ 
phasis on ‘ high * technology, high cost curative 
forms of medicine for the complete denial of perma¬ 
nent health care services to nearly 805b of the 
world’s population.,^, those people living in the 
slums and villages of poorer countries. The solution 
to this problem, say the authors, lies in the use of 
what is termed ** appropriate technology and in 
the demystification of medical technology itself. 
Stressed is a need to train local people as paramed¬ 
ical M health auxiliaries ** to serve their communit¬ 
ies, citing the successes of the Chinese rural 
health system, the so named r * barefoot doctors M , in 
bringing rudimentary medical services to isolated 
areas.required also is a local desire to control and 
direct fundamental improvements in agriculture to 
alleviate medical problems brought .on by poor nu¬ 
trition, to improve sanitation, and construct better 
housing* This is not always forthcoming* 

A number of countries, like India have started 
paramedical training programs but as l»r. Lufrullah 
Chowbury of Bengledeah speaking to a United Nations 
sponsored seminar noted, local 1 politics* will often 
make it difficult to keep some projects active. 

” The pressures at the village level can indeed 
be very strong against any attempt to change the 
status quo. Chowbury has had one of hie best health 
workers - the son of a poor landless labourer - kil¬ 
led with the collusion of the local doctor, whose 
fraudulent and fat profits were acquired from gross 
overcharging of patients. The local union council 
chairman, a man with strong political connections, 
helped him ir. the murder* Both were • arrested and 
later released on bail* ” 

A colleague of Chowbury,David Verner working on 
simiiiar projects in Mexico undertook a survey of L0 
rural health projects,both governmental and non-gov¬ 
ernment, in several Latin American countries* 

M The programs ranged from community supportive 
to community oppressive. The more community support¬ 
ive program were usually non-government efforts,op¬ 
erating on a shoe-string basis, and often preferring 
to remain, out of publicity and attention because 
of their tenuous relationships with local bigwigs♦” 

Werner goes on to say, 

M ( Government sponsored programs ) train their 
rural health workers to do discouragingly littlo. 
.jafeguarding the medical profession's monopoly on 
curative medicine by using the standard argument 
that prevention is more important then cure,{ people 
still get sick ) instructors in Latin America often 
taught health workers fewer skills than many villag¬ 
ers had already mastered themselves. ft 

continued page 13 


FLAS H points 


*’ c ~ anyone interested in receiving some news 
directly frcci Spain and can tolerate a certain 
amount of government censorship ( some things get 
through ) here are the bro&dc&at times and frequen¬ 
cies for the Spanish Foreign Radio Service ( short¬ 
wave ) directed to North America 6 This schedule is 
good at least for the months of September and Oct¬ 
ober » November was not available at the tijoe of this 

legend: G.M.T. - Greenwich Mean Time 

C.S.T* — Central Standard Time 

Kha ■» kilohertz or kilocycles per second 


QGG 0 - 02 G 0 6 :00 — 8: GO pa 11 # 380 khz 25 meters 

0000—0200 6:00 - 8:00 pas 9*630 khz 31 meters 

0515-0615 11:15 - 12 : 15 am 11,880 khz 25 meters 

O515-O615 11:15 - 12 : 15 am 9,630 khz 31 meters 

( No broadcasts Mondays, Sunday nights locally. } 

change : 
add 3 hours 

add 2 hours 

add 1 hour 
<3&me as GET 

In other time zones : 

ADT ( Atlantic daylight Time } 

EDT/AST ( Eastern -Daylight Time, 

Atlantic Standard Tlse ) 

CDT/SST ( Central Daylight Tlse, 

Eastern Standard' rime ) 

KDT ( Mountain Daylight Time ) 

MST/PDT ( Mountain Standard Tine, 

Pacific Daylight Tiae ) subtract 1 hr 

PST ( Pacific Standard Time j subtract 2 hrs 

Reception quality should be fairly good although 
there may be sotse heterodyning (whistles) froa stat¬ 
ions on nearby frequencies. Locally we've obtained 
good reception using transistor portable radios. 

cTUST RECEI VED - from Solidarity Books, Box 5 ^ 6 , Stn. 

E, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, their latest bock, 

** Trapped in Spain The book's author Carlot 
O'Neill relates her experiences as a political pri¬ 
soner in Franco's Spain. Interesting f human inter¬ 
est ‘ reading. Solidarity's price is S3.50 per copy 
but lack of money will not prevent them from send 
icg the book to a person who really wants it. 

TKiNGS_T0 DO - In Saskatoon the Saskatoon District \ 

Labour Council ana the Saskatoon Public Library are ^ 
sponsoring a joint * Labour Film Senes *. Time® are , O 
7:30 Tuesday evenings and 2:00 ^edneitcay afternoons, r*. 
at the Saskatoon Library Auditorium and ?:30 Thure-.O^ 1 
day evenings at the Union Centre, 3311 Fairlight ^ * 
Drive. Upcoming on Oct. 2^-26 are " W« Just Won't ) pl 3 
Take It 11 ( produced by the UAW on wage control^)/ 

_ stents, reviews, contacts, 

and general information 

HB'SMBL^ING TH 5 FGat??am.r. ; 

A 3 £yi£W 0 ? S?A 3 WAas AND BAffTLSST.i.a GALhCTICA 

I grew up on grade 5 films. I love them. I love 
every single claw on Godzilla’s foot. I still trea¬ 
sure a two foot high stack of monster film maga¬ 
zines, festering like a cancer within my otherwise 
pristine comic collection. Who els* then should be 
more likely to drool buckets over the exploits of 
Luke Skywalker? 

Arid how I would like to. And how I would like tol 
Truth will out however. Both of these *stary' films 
are turkeys, absolute irredeemable turkeys. Of the 
two Star Wars is by far the worst, one of the worst 
movies I have ever seen, and believe me I*ve seen 
seme bad ones. 

What makes theee films so bad? The formula is 
easy. Take an absolutely threadbare plot, spice it 
with, acting on the average level of Canadian soap 
operas and remove any possible hint of suspense. 
Voila, la Guerre des Stoiles. To be honest. Battle- 
star Galactica did have actors that didn't seem as 
if they were hired from the terminal DTa ward, even 
if I was really hoping against hope that Hose Cart¬ 
wright would shew up. 

Why do people like these films? So far I've only 
heard two good excuses. One is that they are simple. 
They save the viewer the duty of thinking. Maybe 
this is a good thing. As I said, I am a grade 3 ad¬ 
dict. Yet I really do feel that the companies could 
have done a much better job and still kept the ’good 
guys versus the bad guys * them*. Simplicity is r.o 
excuse for a bad movie* Franksnstein had one of the 
rnoet simple plots going, and yet certainly didn't 
sink to the level of Star tf&rs. 

The other excuse? 

u Weil the special effects were really great, " 
Considering the percentage of people who went ston¬ 
ed on drugs (' it was apparently a must ) I don't 
wonder that the effects seemed "great". Consider¬ 
ing the marketing job that was done and the way that 
the advertising convinced people of the superlative 
quality of the effects I am really surprised that 
people didn't rave on about how * great the guy 
in the row in front of them,threw his popcorn in the 
air. * The true unsung heros of the special effects 
in the'stary' movies were the ad men, not the cam¬ 
eramen. Let*a face it, Stanley Kubrick they were 
not. I*ve Been better effects on T.V. 

Oh yeah» since this is a political mag I should 
say something about the politics of these films. 
These films have the uncorrectest line since Daktori 
and Clarence the crosseyed lion. One searches in 
vain for a face of the non-white persuasion in STar 
Wars. All this amongst an aristocratic revolt ag¬ 
ainst another aristocracy. In Battlestar, Lome 
Greene plays the patriarchies! big daddy so well 
that one seriously expects him to start speaking 
from a burning buah instead of the Captain's chair. 

It is nice to know though that the inevitable day 
when someone makes a really good reactionary movie 
which I will be forced to like has faded at leaat 
one day into the future* 


x A member of the Flashpoint staff has recently be¬ 
come a delegate to the Cable Kegiru* .cable television 
co-operative, representing Regina Pollution Probe. 

He is in a position to influence the choose of pro¬ 
grams dealing with pollution or pollution -related 
issues. If any of our readers has any event,film or 
what-have-you, they would like to see aired ( and 
this could include broadcast material dealing with 
alternative energy, conservation, anci "small - scale 
husbandry ** projects ) please write to Warner Scott, 
c/o Box 365$* Megina., Laskatchew&n 


Anti-Nukes ROUNOUEa you fkwbk sums 


f_J<ew Delhi ) India*e largest nuclear power plant 
Jhich produced plutonium for that country’s atomic 
test blast four" y?*rs has been shut down ever 
oi»ce>An Indian newa^agency has recently uncovered 
the Fact \hat the placed! was shut down because the 
entire place including door knobs and handles was 
contaminated with*ra<aoac£j1rit»J** Meanwhile a pres¬ 
tigious Indian publicaTJofi l^s>e v ealed that over 
11,000 people vork^tfin Inoi^S^jclear power plants 
'* have been exposedi to exce^ivgpevela of radiat¬ 
ion. " 'Ihesereveletiohs-^fro^Jlndia put Canada s 
nucTear^prograa in a^difjerflight an India’s pro¬ 
gram relied heavily on £&* 4 diar ‘technology^ 

The report of Ontario*a Royal Commission on Elec¬ 
tric Power Planning has recommended that the pro¬ 
vince’s planned construction of nuclear power plants 
be drastically reduced. The report concludes that, 
while nuclear plants M ir. normal operation ”, are 
relatively safe, their extreme vulnerability to sab¬ 
otage makes them an ur.wise alternative for future 
energy generation, ^he report also notes that the 
vest capital needed for the construction of nuclear 
plants " would strain the upper limits of public 
capital availability M and that large increases in 
the cost of electrical power and in government debt 
mid result from the nuclear option. 

Other problems which t^report touched upon in¬ 
clude the fact that Canp dk ?uranium reserves are 
insufficient to support^a / program the else of the 
proposed Ontario one>-/ x hi a would mean a commitment 
t£ br^>der react era/*hich produce liquid wastes that 
a^^trsmely difficult to manage. 

/ The recommendations of/'tl^Ccomieaion include an 
emphasis on coal and Vomass energy and on conser¬ 
vation measures. %e gove^en^of N Ont«rio was ca.l- 
4'*d upZn-U maks^tVempt^t ^ducing the rate of 
( city growth/"encouragir.g khe 1;t^r'buiTding codes and 

V utilising vast e/heat mpro^efficientiy. v 

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{Sweden ) - The Centre-Hight, Coalition^ government 
composed of Liberals, Conservatives ano -0e " tr f party // 

members resigned on October Sth due to a .auure to 
reach agreement among the various parties concerning st,/ 
the future of Sweden's nuclear power program. The -l- 
serais and Conservatives refused to suomlt tne 
question to referendum. Public opinion in Sweden is 
opposed to nuclear power. The Liberals will proaatu.y 
fora a new minority government .according to nest ob¬ 
servers, with support from the Social democrats. Point 

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science from page 10 appea i s from page 9 

Paramedic programs are usually successful where 

there is no well-entrenched medical establishment 
and/or government to frustrate tha health workers 
efforts* A problem with bhu ny schemes sponsored fcy 
governments is the tendency of the central authority 
to see a community health service program as a se¬ 
cond class operation designated for isolated and 
poor areas* This attitude does nothing to change the 
unfortunate dependence some local communities have 
on the expertise of a few highly trained doctors* 
In order to help & small community to improve its 
standards of health the ajixilary must have*** 

*' the support of an appropriate political culture 
that will help them to mobilise people to do those 
things like digging ditches and building water sup¬ 
ply systems. M 

This is something governments presently do not* 
and probably cannot*provide* 

Condensed from 

M New Strategy for World Health n 

NEW SCIENTIST * June 22* 19?8. 


Over the last five yeard both the price and phy¬ 
sical size of computers has dropped to a point where 
•che science fiction writer's fantasy of a " thinking 
machine '* in every home could well become a reality. 

( Already complete micro-computer installations, in¬ 
cluding software can be had for less than $1,000.Ten 
years ago the same amount of computing power would 
have cost 23 to 50 times as much and would have tak¬ 
en up an entire room to itself. Present micro-cosp- 
utera can be set up, in many cases, on a table top*) 
In the sane vein recent developments in the area 
of semi-conductor microwave compo nents promise to 
sake that form of communication readily feasible 
personal and other small scale use. C A complete 
microwave facility using parts obtainable from Amer¬ 
ican manufacturers is described in the Oct. iasue of 
Popular Electronics. ) Such a device could be used 
for transmission of digital information at extremely 
high rates, for television* or audio* All components 
necessary for complete transmit/receive unit cost 
approximately $400.00* 


and as we go to press«•• 


Carswell Laxe i£ a sisall northern Saskatchewan 
community of Dene Indians* The area*atround Carswell 
Sake is to be the future site of a new uranium deve¬ 
lopment and ** boom M town to be set up jointly by 
the Saskatchewan government and the French AMOK cor¬ 
poration* AMOK is the company also building the in¬ 
famous Cluff lake project. Nowhere in the plans of 
either government or the company has any place been 
given to consultation with the original residents of 
the area concerning land rights* 

M The Carswell Lake Dene Support Committee is a 
committee formed by citizens of Saskatoon; its ob¬ 
jective is to insure that the land rights of the 
people of Carswell Lake are not violated in the name 
of * Economic Development of the North. * ,r 

The committee has met with AMOK officials and 
asked that the residents" claim to the land and re¬ 
sources be recognised. The company has refused* 
The committee is now seeking public support in the 
form of signed petitions and letters demanding: 

M a moratorium on any present and future plan¬ 
ned development in Northern Saskatchewan until'such 
time that Native people obtain justice throtigh re¬ 
cognition of aboriginal rights* and land claims* 

Any future development of the North aruat meet 
with the full endorsement of all Native people. 

Protests and demonstrations should be directed at 
the Canadian Government Embassies. n 

The Carswell committee would also like to aax 
groups and individuals for financial support. 
Petitions and letters should be addressed to: 

Ho»r *ugh caulker t - ——— Premier Allen Bla^euey 

Minister of Indian Affairs & Legislative Buildings* 
Northern Development Kegina* Saskatchewan 

Par1las*at BuiIdicgs Canada * 

Ottawa* Ontario, Canada 

AMOK Ltd. . send rnoney^nd'inqu- 

P05 >rd Avenue North tries to - Carswell 

Laskatocn, Saskatchewan , Lake Den® Support 

Canada j Consnittse, 134 Aye. 

,r F" South* Saskatoon 

( England ) 

** A safe completely self-induced method of abort¬ 
ion early in pregnancy may socn be available,accord¬ 
ing to a report in the Lancet , ( June 10, p!223 >. A 
new prostaglandin preparation which minimises side- 
effects such as vomiting, diarrhea, and cramps was 
either injected directly into the uterus or placed 
in a vaginal pessary in the vaginas of 2C9 women re¬ 
ferred to the John Hadciiffe Hospital for abortions* 
Pregnancy termination was successful in 83% of the 
cases without requiring further treatment. Side ef¬ 
fects were generally worse using the vaginal pessary 
which can be administered by the women herself* but 
lasted only four to eight hours. The women involved 
were on average 20 days pregnant. A consultant gyn¬ 
aecologist on the program 3aid the method is per¬ 
fectly safe but should be carried, out in a hospital 
as there was a dnager of haemorrhage, particularly 
with later pregnancies* The work was supported by a 
grant from the World Health Organ! sat ion. ,r 

from New Helentiat 

from page Ilf 

and Out of Control (px^uced "by CtSPh on tEe" 
subject ). On Oct. 31 to Nov.2 there is Teaiacaming 
the story of the paper-sill in-Quebec whose worker 
took on its ownership* A study in the problems 
of industrial democracy* 

deceived the following: 

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons* (BOP) repressive 
P’ w -A ci ~£ the Marion* Illinois federal Prison must 
be confronted and stopped* Therefore we, a group of 
midwest prison activists, representing numerous or¬ 
ganizations, are calling for a regional demonstrat¬ 
ion on November 27th at the BCr office in St. Louis 
to demand the closing of the Marion long-term con¬ 
trol unit* 

The Marion control unit is the model for all be¬ 
haviour control programs now being initiated in 
state end federal prisons throughout the L.S. It is 
a ‘prison inside a prison** an indefinite solitary 
confinement unit where men are kept in 6 bv 8 cells* 
2>; hours-a-day for 2*3 as* * years. According to 
xivJr ' statistics it has the highest suicide rate per- 
capate in the federal system* ** 

the demonstration a delegation will meet with 
local Bureau directors to present thee with documen¬ 
tation or. the treatment in tne control unit. He will 
be called on to public&liy advocate the closing of 
the unit. 

More information is available from the National 
Committee to Support the Marion Brothers* 

4556a Oakland or telephone: 

St. Louis, Missouri 314-533-2234 

6311C, U*£*A. 

1 A 

GrAI iuLL* 


and finally... 

editorial from p2 

* th« Reeling,. ’ commented Lomax, * that 
these Basque® had been singing together for a very 
long time. ' 

It made js» think of John Langhon-Devies' des¬ 
cription in his book Behind The Barricades of the 
fishermen's communities along the Costa Brava on the 
other side of Spain. He thought that the whole char¬ 
acter of these places had something to do with liv¬ 
ing by the sea, for he noticed the difference bet¬ 
ween the coastal villages and those a few miles back 
from the shore, and he compared Premia de Balt , an 
inland village, * priest-controlled and medieval *, 
with Premia d*Abalx where the fishermen were free¬ 
thinkers : 

* and the important thing is that in the village 
on the hill the morals are bad; they do horrible 
things to the women, but among the free-thinking 
people below> the relationships are much better.Of¬ 
ten enough the fishermen do not trouble to marry, 
but they live with their ’comrades' far more faith¬ 
fully then the legitimate husbands further inland. 1 

’ The fishermen, * he continued, * are the first 
to rise against oppression, §ad the most ruthless in 
their determination to break chains. In the fishing 
town in which I lived for two years there was still 
to be seen the feumt-Gut ruins od the parish church 
wnich had gone up in flames during the Seamana Trag- 

ot 1909» At that time San Feliu declared itself 
a Libertarian Republic all its own. * ... 

... Port de la Selva , which was practically owned 
by its Fishermen’s Co-operative, the Posito Pesc^dor . 
There the fishermen owned the boats and the nets, 
the curing factory, the stores and storehouses, the 
refrigeration plant, the shops, the olive oil refin¬ 
ery, the olive groves, the transport lorries which 
delivered the fish at Barcelona, the cafe, the hotel 
and the theatre and the assembly room. ‘ By setting 
up a curing factory the co-operative protects itself 
from slumps. If the fish-market is glutted, the cat¬ 
ch can be withdrawn and cured. 3y providing each of 
it3 members with an olive-grove or a vineyard or a 
vegetable allotment, they are insured against the 
disaster of continued bad weather. * ... 

Bouglas Goldring, in a book of reminiscences of 
the nineteen-twenties, told & similiar story of a 
village of Puerto de Pollens® . ’ The inhabitants - 
technically ‘Anarchist-communist* - ran their finn¬ 
ing industry on co-operative lines. The secretary of 
the Posito de Pescadores , a Venezuelan, was almost 
the only man in this Arcadian village who could read 
or write. He transacted all the business for the 
community and. by explaining their illiteracy, sent 
the tax collector empty away* As there was no Law 
and Order in the village there was no crime. The 
honesty of these people was absolute and instinct¬ 
ive; no one ever tried to get the better of anyone 
else... Everyone h*d enough to eat, wine was plenti¬ 
ful and everyone was happy. The nearest church was 
five miles off, in the town of Poilensa, and I never 
saw a priest in the village. * ’* 

... Colin Ward,' dp&nish Fish¬ 
ermen, * April I 96 B Anarchy 
reprinted from Sweet Gerkins .Dill PicrOLe Press 


A person in Regina would like to get in contact 
with people having an interest in light horses, and 
riding same* Would like to begin some activities or 
projects centred around equitation as one part of a 
larger alternate transport policy for interested li¬ 
bertarians. If interested write to Project Caballua 
box 3658 , Regina, Sasxatchewan. 

( f-itchencr, Ontario ) Th« first regular gay radio 
program in Canada began August 9 th on station CKHS- 
iH m Kitchener, Ontario. The station is a non-pro¬ 
fit broadcasting operation serving the Kitchener- 
toftverloo, Cambridge and Guelph areas. The gay news 
program entitled H G«y hews and Views " is ‘ aired 
three times a week at 8:30 pm* 


Bob Fink, an independent candidate for navor in 
the city of Saskatoon, is still putting up handbills 
on downtown construction hoardings in defiance of a 
bylaw passed by city council July 3 let.Ihe bylaw ca¬ 
rries a minimum BlGO fine for violators and has been 
the subject of controversy for locai activist 
groups. One of these posters onlines MB. Finks elec¬ 
tion campaign platform which covers a host of issues 
ranging from d 3 .y~ ce re centres to foreign trade im- 

Hr. Fink ie also an accomplished musician and 
will be giving a concert of his own work for piano 
on Dec.^ 1 ?th at the Wain Library Auditorium in Sask¬ 
atoon. Time for the concert is 2 p» t and admission 
will be free of charge. He has published a book 
dealing with origins of music, entitled The Univer- 
.9£J*Mgic , which has received excellent re¬ 
views; as well Mr. Fink ha& composed a full length 
opera, sirsta_jmd _the War , based on an anti-war 

theme. Some of hie compositions are currently for 
sal® in jsheet music form to the general public. 

For more information write to: 

Greea.ieh-M.ridi.ft, 516 Ave. "K» South, Saakatoon 
or telephone 244-0679 



(Mexico) Parents and relatives of hundreds of 
Mexicans who disappeared after being arrested have 
rejected the government’s new amnesty law. President 
uose lo pez Portillo's amnesty proposal was made into 
lav last September. Shortly after the government pu¬ 
blished e list of 111 people it would release. 

However Senora Rosario Ibarra de Piedra, a found¬ 
ing member of the ” Hat 2 Diml Committee to Defend 
Political Prisoners, Fugitives,Exiles and Disappear¬ 
ed Persons ”, stated ” ffw/st of the people who disap¬ 
peared have not come out of jail. ” According to the’s figures 36 ? aeen and women have disap¬ 
peared after their arrest since 1974, in addition to 
53 political exiles, 400 prisoners jailed for polit¬ 
ical reasons and an unspecified number of political 
prisoners in hiding. Dehors Ibarra's own son has not 
been heard of since he was seen being foiled into a 
car in the northern industrial city of Monterrey, in 
April of 1975. 

President Lopez denies that clandestine prisons 
exist in Mexico, though Benora Ibarra claims 70 
people have disappeared since this president took 
office in Lee* 19?6. Host of these, she says, fell 
victim to an anti-guerilla police unit called the 
White Brigade which made its appearance last year. 


A recant report in the American Journal of Psy¬ 
chiatry gives the result of a study of Ip children 
who were raised by Lesbian couples. The study found 
that all except one developed a heterosexual or¬ 
ientation. The authors of the report offered $.e ex¬ 
planation for their results that children are ex¬ 
posed through television and reading to’’conventional 
psychoaexual patterns ”, They also concluded that 
these and other results show that lesbian mothers do 
not raise children which are more likely to suffer 
emotional problems than those raised in more conyen- 
itional hosBea.